Announcements

Mi Pueblo Camp

Mi Pueblo Latin American Culture Camp June 16-20, 2014. Planning is underway now, and registration begins shortly. Contact Bill Gruber if you can help with the planning, or fundraising, or if you want more information as to how to register your child. We have reserved rooms at the Embassy Suites - Beachwood for out of town families at a reduced rate.

Download the 2014 Camper Info Form here.

Download the 2014 Registration Form here.

Annual Social Event

Something New in 2014! The CFC Annual Social will be held Sunday afternoon, April 27, 2014. Look for more details coming soon! The Social is a relaxed social occasion for CFC members, friends and their families (especially children of all ages). We'll have the traditional ice cream buffet! All are invited and welcome. Contact Claudia Madden at claudia.madden@hotmail.com for more details or directions.

Colombia Homeland Tour 2014

Coming up August 1-9, 2014

El Salvador Homeland Tour and Service Project

CFC's El Salvador Service Project and Homeland Tour VIII was held in January, 2013. Thirty-one people participated, arriving January 9, 2013. The group was led by medical director Dr. Joe Carter, ENT, and included six doctors, five nurses, an audiologist, five Salvadoran adoptees, eight parents or spouses of adoptees, and other friends of CFC. The team traveled to Ahuachapan in western El Salvador and Santa Tecla in central El Salvador. The medical team evaluated 385 children and identified 68 children in need of surgery. An additional 40 children were evaluated in the eastern zone in San Miguel. Surgeries were performed over two days at the local San Rafael Hospital where 40 children had tonsils and adenoids removed, ear tubes inserted, and foreign bodies extracted from their ears. In addition, the team, under the guidance of April Bleakney painted a large mural of the animals of the world. A “save the statues” project saved Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs as well as numerous animal statues that had fallen into disrepair. Freshly repaired and painted, the statues now greet the children as they move around the Hogar Guirola. The team also took 19 children from the Hogar Guirola and 8 staff members on a field trip to a local water park. At the Hogar Moraga in Santa Ana where our sponsorship girls reside the group completed a painting project, played basketball, and gave dance lessons. The team also enjoyed one and a half days of sightseeing, exploring the city of San Salvador, visiting the fishing pier and beaches of La Libertad, and shopping in La Palma. Also a group of 8 extended their stay to spend the week-end in Perquin, Morazan visiting the War Museum and Encampment, El Mozote, and seeing the Murals of Hope Project. (wallsofhope.org)

The Hogar Guirola in Santa Tecla now houses only special needs children and the Sisters of Bethany no longer administrate or live at the children’s home. New laws have reduced the population at the government run orphanages. Adoptions have become more difficult and international families seldom receive placements, even after years of waiting on the approved families’ list.

While in El Salvador, CFC purchased a washing machine, fax machine, and, and microwave for the Hogar Guirola. A donation was made to the boys’ orphanage in Ahuachapan and to the older girls’ orphanage in Santa Ana. The intake center in San Miguel received much needed supplies, including flip flops for the many children who arrive shoeless and with only the clothes they are wearing. Each of the children that we saw received a beanie baby, compliments of the many CFC members who donated them throughout the year. The fill-a-bag project was again successful and the faces of the children were all smiles when they received one from a child in the US. Pat Burns, El Salvador Program Coordinator

CFC Elections 2014

In June CFC members will have the chance once again to vote for the officers and other trustees of CFC. Ballots will be sent out in late May. This year there are three open OFFICER positions on the CFC Board:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Corresponding Secretary

There are also 4 TRUSTEE AT LARGE positions to be filled. If you are willing to run for one of these positions please let us know. CFC depends upon its volunteer leadership to keep the organization running and achieving success in our ongoing programs here and in Latin America.

Bill Gruber
Chairperson, CFC Board of Trustees
GruberWL@aol.com


Calendar 2014

  • April 27–CFC Social
  • June 2-Scholarship Deadline
  • June 5–CFC Board Election Ballot Deadline
  • CFA Blend Meetings at Adoption Network Cleveland

    Fridays - March 7, May 9, July 11

    CFC Board Meetings

    Feb. 21, April 11, June 6 and August 15

    Mi Pueblo Planning Meetings - 7PM at Bill Gruber's

    Feb. 13, March 6, April 3, May 1 and June 5 (call to confirm)

    Mi Pueblo Camp - at Forest Hill Church, Cleveland Heights, Ohio

    • June 14-Set Up 9-12 noon
    • June 15-Set Up 12-2 p.m. & Volunteer Mtg 6:30 p.m.
    • June 16-20-Camp 9:30-3:30
    • June 20-Mi Pueblo Fiesta 7-9 p.m.
    • June 21-Mentor Headlands Beach Outing
    • (Be sure to call ahead to be sure the meeting or event has not been changed)